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Glossary of Terms
CDBG - Community Development Block Grants
Continuum of Care - A HUD mandated planning process that reviews and assesses services to the homeless on an annual basis and provides a consolidated recommendation for HUD funding of services to the homeless in the community.
CSH - Corporation for Supportive Housing
CSL - Community Services League, an auxiliary that provides funding for the program of the Mental Health Association.
Disabled - For the purposes of being eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) the law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. A medically determinable physical or mental impairment is an impairment that results from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities which can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. A physical or mental impairment must be established by medical evidence consisting of signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings-not only by the individual's statement of symptoms.
EHAP - Emergency Housing Assistance Program which is funded through the California State Department of Housing and Community Development.
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
HCD - Housing and Community Development
Homeless - Sleeping in an emergency shelter, sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation such as cars, parks, sidewalks, etc., or living in transitional housing for homeless persons, having come from a shelter or place not meant for human habitation.
HOPWA - Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS, funding received through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
HUD - United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Serious mental illness is defined as a client's mental illness which must be severe in degree and persistent in duration; may cause behavioral functioning that interferes substantially with the primary activities of daily living; and may result in an inability to maintain stable adjustment and independent functioning without treatment, support and rehabilitation for a long or indefinite period of time. Individuals identified with a serious mental illness typically have a DMS V diagnosis with a significant impairment related to the diagnosis or the probability of significant deterioration or lack of developmental progress.
Shelter Plus Care - HUD funding for housing choice vouchers through a local Housing Authority for individuals who are homeless and disabled.